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Eight killed as two vessels collide off Hong Kong

At least eight people were killed and 15 remained missing after two vessels, one of them carrying over 120 passengers, collided Monday evening off Hong Kong, Xinhua reported.



Hong Kong: At least eight people were killed and 15 remained missing after two vessels, one of them carrying over 120 passengers, collided Monday evening off Hong Kong, Xinhua reported.

The accident involved a tug boat and a ferry, with 124 people aboard, the city government said in a statement, adding that so far, a total of 101 people were rescued and 15 were missing.

A major rescue operation for the missing passengers was launched, said police.

The crash occurred in the evening (around 12.30 GMT) when a ferry, carrying 124 people, was hit in the middle part by a tug boat.

The ferry half-sank after the collision near Lamma island, which lies some three km southwest of Hong Kong island, and is popular with tourists and expatriates, BBC reported.

An official with a local power supply company, which rented the ferry for its staff for one-day outing, said 124 people were on the ferry.

Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung told reporters that relevant departments of the city government have made all-out efforts to rescue those who fell into the sea.

The accident occurred during a busy period for passenger travel in Hong Kong, at the end of a long holiday weekend to mark the mid-autumn festival that this year coincides with China`s National Day Oct 1.

IANS

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